Nevertheless, no-one has ever made such a gargantuan effort to retrieve their artistic reputation. It remains to be seen whether it will work? Even the blessed Sooke is less than impressed with this show in the Telegraph:
"At first, I was willing to suspend my disbelief, and play along with the whole farrago: after all, there’s something so gloriously demented about The Warrior and the Bear, so exultantly absurd, that my jaw hit the polished-concrete floor. Its aesthetic channels Jeff Koons circa 1988 (indeed, references abound to Koons’s infamous Banality sculptures), but amped up and bejewelled, if such a thing is possible. I grinned, and thought: well, at least Hirst has been having a blast, over the past decade, preparing for this show."
On a lesser note the RSPCA have accused Hirst of destroying too many lives in the pursuit of his art.
The Financial Times gets it exactly right with the concluding commentary at:
The Saatchi gallery is trying to convince us that selfies are art, but they are not even close -unless they are staid artist's self portraits. The boring truth is that selfies are a mirror to the faux celebrity culture we inhabit where everyone is a 15 minutes facebook aspiring star of self interest, but it's usually self absorption of no real interest except to the perpetrator. Phone cameras have a lot to answer for.
On a sounder note Richard Long is exhibiting at Houghton Hall.